Category Archives for Recipes (Gluten Free)

gluten free potato balls

Gluten free fried potato balls

Like I mentioned last time, my children love potatoes. They don’t eat bread at school and it important for me to find something they will love eating that is also filling. Potatoes give me that possibility. They love it and it is filling at the same time.

Ingredients:
3 potatoes (raw potatoes that you grate)
pinch of salt
1 egg
2 tablespoons of brown rice flour (or regular flour if you prefer)

Method:
1. Make the balls as big or small as you like. I make it small, easier and quicker to cook and not too much to eat at a time.
2. Take a spoon full of mix and press together in your hand. Once it holds it’s shape, deep fry in oil.
3. I choose to deep fry them, but you can shape them and then bake in the oven without any oil.

Potato balls in bowl

Easy to make ๐Ÿ™‚
Enjoy!!!




potato cakes gluten free

Potato Cakes, gluten free

My children are very fussy when it comes to eating at school. They do NOT like bread (only toast) so I had to come up with something else they will enjoy at school that is filling enough and NOT full of sugar and junk. So I tried these wonderful potato cakes. It only takes a few ingredients and are very easy to make. You only need the following ingredients:

Ingredients:
4 large potatoes (boiled and mashed with a little bit of butter)
1 extra large egg
pinch of salt
A large hand full of cheddar cheese (or whatever cheese you prefer). You can add as much as you enjoy.
Optional: add bacon, salami or ham.

Method:
1. First boil the potatoes and mash with some butter.
2. Add the cheese, egg and salt and mix well.
3. Add the bacon, salami or ham, whatever you are in the mood for ๐Ÿ™‚
4. Mix well and heat up a pan. I use my pancake pan and don’t use any oil.
5. Form little balls and then press them flat in the pan. I bake 4 at a time.
6. Turn when one side is golden brown and cook on the other side.
7. Remove when ready and eat warm or cold as a snack…

Easy breakfast for celiacs

Celiac breakfast

This is a wonderful breakfast anyone can enjoy. It is very quick and easy to make for people on the go and it tastes wonderful.

As you know my husband is a celiac and it is a struggle to get anything gluten free for him. South Africa doesn’t really cater for celiacs and I do not think that it is going to happen any time soon either.

Keep posted to see what else my husband will post. I will let you know as soon as he adds anything new to try ๐Ÿ™‚

Visit his site and leave your comments about how you experience being a celiac, no matter where in the world you are… http://celiacguy.com/

Gluten Free birthday cake

Gluten Free birthday cake :)

Happy birthday love of my life ๐Ÿ™‚ My wonderful husband’s birthday was this week and we baked him a wonderful Gluten Free sponge cake. It was great fun… Usually when you bake gluten free cakes, they don’t rise that well, but this cake did. It started off as a little bit of cake batter, in less than halve the tin we used and it filled the whole pan in the end.

I was so happy with the results we got… We also used butter for the icing rather than margarine because my husband loves butter. It was much thicker and harder than the margarine icing, but just add a spoon full of water and this will fix it very nicely.

We had a wonderful day together as a family and the children are still eating the cake. They decided that the gluten free cake is MUCH nicer than the regular cake with gluten. Wonderful for us all ๐Ÿ™‚

Sosaties

Aaaaahhh….. sosaties is a wonderful invention. What can be easier than taking meat, cubing it and putting it on a stick… Only work that goes into it is the marinade (and that is very fast) and off you go.

We decided to have sosaties last week but it was a bit wet outside, so instead of having a braai (BBQ) as usual, I decided to make the sosaties and grill them in the oven.

I know it is not the same as cooking on the braai, but it had to do and it sure did. I put together a quick marinade. Have a look at this:

Ingredients:
Chicken cubes (we used 5 chicken breasts)
Red pepper (I prefer the red to the green, tastes a bit sweeter)
Onions
4 tablespoons of olive oil
Squeeze the juice of 1 large lemon into the oil
1 tablespoon of soy sauce (we use a gluten free sauce)
Salt (to taste)
Fresh parsley, finely chopped

Mix everything together and add the chicken, peppers and onions. Let it marinade for at least 2 hours, longer if you have time.

Remember to soak the sticks you are going to use in water beforehand, it stops the sticks from burning too much.

Place the chicken, peppers and onions on the sticks and grill in the oven. It doesn’t take too long. I heated the oven to 180 degrees Celcius.




Make your own and show us your photos ๐Ÿ™‚

Gluten free orange drizzle cake with sauce

Gluten Free Orange drizzle cake

Hi everyone. This Christmas I made an orange drizzle cake. Can’t tell you how much I like this recipe. This is the first time I made a Gluten Free version and it tasted wonderful.

Ingredients:
3 eggs
1 cup of sugar
1 1/2 cups of flour (3/4 cup of brown rice flour, 3/4 cup with half potato starch and half tapioca flour)
1 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of xantham gum
pinch of salt
3 tablespoons or margarine
3/4 cup of milk

Method:
1. Beat together the eggs and sugar.
2. Mix the flour, baking powder and salt and add to the egg and sugar mixture.
3. Melt the margarine and add together with the milk and the rest of the mixture.
4. Bake at 180 degrees celcius for 25 – 30 minutes.

Gluten free orange drizzle cake with orange sauce

Ingredients for sauce:
1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar
1 tablespoon of margarine
1 cup of orange juice (freshly squeezed is the best ๐Ÿ™‚
1 tablespoon of grated orange skin.

Method for the sauce:
1. Mix together the water, sugar and margarine and boil together for 5 minutes.
2. Let it cool down and then add the orange juice and skin.
3. Once the cake is removed from the oven, add the sauce over the hot cake so the sauce is absorbed in the cake.




gluten free cheese scones

Gluten free cheese scones

Yet another wonderful gluten free recipe by my wonderful husband ๐Ÿ™‚ Scones has always been a favourite of ours… We used to love eating scones on Sunday evenings and there is nothing more tasty than CHEESE scones. Our children loved it just as much as we did.

You will also find a scone recipe in my Recipe book so get yours today. Have a look at the full recipe and how it is made by vising Martin’s site… He has other gluten free recipes available to try today …

Make your own and let us know how it came out. Take a photo, make suggestions, let us know what you did differently and why. Trying your own take on all kinds of recipes are fun and you can involve the whole family with baking in the kitchen.

If you are tired of having the same breakfast every morning, try this recipe with some butter and jam, and if you feel brave, add a spoon full of fresh whipped cream… My favourite ๐Ÿ™‚

Tomato jam (Gluten Free)

Cooking something yourself from scratch is a great feeling!! You feel like you actually achieved something wonderful. Specially if your husband and son likes the end result ๐Ÿ™‚

It is very easy to make… Thanks to my husband and mother’s help I had success. You need only a few ingredients and off you go:

Ingredients:
1kg of tomatoes (I bought the jam tomatoes)
1 cup of sugar
4 peppadews (you can use fresh chilli if you wish, just don’t add too much of it ๐Ÿ™‚
a pinch of salt
juice of half a lemon

Method:
1. Place the tomatoes in a large bowl and pour boiling water over it (it must be covered).
2. Once the tomatoes have been soaking for about 15 minutes, peel the skins off and cut into little cubes.
3. Put the sugar in a pot on the stove and start melting it over a low heat.
4. Add the tomatoes, salt, lemon juice and peppadew. Mix everything together and bring to the boil.
5. Once it is boiling, turn the heat down and let simmer for about 1 – 1 1/2 hours. Stir in between and make sure it doesn’t burn. Don’t put the lid on the pot.
6. Once all the water is gone and the sugar has turned into a syrup, remove from heat and let it cool down.
7. Place in glass jars and store in fridge.

Tomato jam cooking on the stove

This tastes really nice and goes well with anything ๐Ÿ™‚

Soetkoekies from South Africa (sweet biscuits)

Soetkoekies (with coconut and vanilla)

We have been experimenting with different flours and recipes for my husband who has celiac disease. We baked the most wonderful biscuits a few weeks ago and it came out tasting lovely.

The kiddies couldn’t eat enough of it and my husband had snacks for a few weeks ๐Ÿ™‚ These wonderful South African biscuit recipe is as old as time… A soetkoekie (which translates directly to sweet cookie/biscuit) is as it’s name suggests, sweet, but wonderful with a hint of coconut inside.

This is the recipe for the wonderful recipe from South Africa, soetkoekies:

Ingredients:
2 cups of margarine
2 cups of sugar
6 eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
9 cups of gluten free flour (mix of white rice, tapioca and soya/chick pea)
1 cup of coconut
1/2 teaspoon of xhantam gum
1 tablespoon of gluten free baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon of cream of tartar
1 tablespoon of bicarb of soda (mixed in a dash of milk)

Method:
1. Cream the sugar and margarine together.
2. Add the eggs and vanilla.
3. Sieve the flour, xhantam gum, salt, baking powder and cream of tartar together and add.
4. Add the bicarb of soda and mix everything together.
5. The dough should rest for about 15 minutes. It should not stick to your hands too much.
6. Roll into little balls and place on a baking tray. Press lightly down with a fork.
7. Bake for 10 minutes at the bottom of the oven and then about 10 minutes at the top of the oven at 180 degrees Celsius.
8. Make sure they don’t burn.

South African Banana bread

Banana bread

Banana bread is a wonderful recipe from South Africa that is easy to make. It might take an hour in the oven but the smells coming from the kitchen while it is baking is well worth the while.

Ingredients
ยฝ cup of butter
1 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 cups of flour (Gluten free flour)
2 teaspoons of baking powder (Gluten free)
a pinch of salt
5 small bananas

Method
1. Cream the butter and sugar together and add the vanilla.
2. Add the eggs one at a time and mix well.
3. Sieve the dry ingredients together and add.
4. Mash the bananas with a fork and add last. Mix well.
5. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180ยฐC for 1 hour.

Banana bread cooling down in pan

When the banana bread is removed from the oven, leave it for a few minutes in the pan to rest. Remove and let it cool down. Cut the banana bread while it is still a little warm and add butter. It tastes at its best when the butter just starts melting.

You can very easily make this recipe Gluten Free by substituting the baking powder and flour for gluten free versions. Remember to also add 1/4 of teaspoon of xantham gum to help it bind. The banana bread in the photos that I made yesterday is gluten free ๐Ÿ™‚

If you are interested in my Gluten Free version of Recipes from South Africa, please do not hesitate to contact me at lizel@recipesfromsouthafrica.com If you want to purchase the real book from Amazon, click here to have a look or buy the downloadable version here.

South African Banana Bread